About the author

Louise Mangos grew up in rural north Hertfordshire, England. Her passion for writing was prompted by winning a poetry competition at the age of eleven and subsequently seeing her work published in the local newspaper. Her determination to see the world led her to set aside her artistic desires on leaving school, to obtain a Diploma in Business Communications, before embarking on a series of global travels during which she never stopped writing. She returned to art to study several foundation courses in Switzerland, then later journalism and creative writing at the University of Colorado in Boulder in her mid-twenties. Following a series of creative and novel writing workshops, the ambition to publish a full-length work of fiction was hatched.

Her first novel, the psychological thriller Strangers on a Bridge, was shortlisted in the Flash 500 Opening Chapter Competition in 2015, finalist in the 2016 Exeter Novel prize, and long listed in the Bath Novel Award 2017. Her second suspense novel, The Art of Deception is about a young woman in Switzerland's only all-female prison who has been convicted of murder, but must prove her innocence and prevent the abduction of her six-year-old son. Both novels are published with HQ Digital, an imprint of Harper Collins UK, and are available in digital, audio and paperback. 
She is currently working on another psychological suspense, a medieval crime novel, and a memoir. 

Click on Louise's writing for more of her competition achievements and links to some of her work.

Please feel free to visit the following pages, where you can also see some of her art, and her blog about her journey to publication.

Louise lives in central Switzerland with her Kiwi husband and two sons where she enjoys an active life in the Alps. She is currently studying for her Masters in Crime Writing at UEA.